How do popular trends get started? Three examples come to mind: tattoos, recreational marijuana and vaping. In the past few years each of these have gained unexpected acceptance in the general population; particularly among the young.
Each is justified by those who decide to adopt them. “It is my body so if I want a tattoo that is my business. My use of marijuana is just to relax and is not like using real drugs. Vaping got me off cigarettes.”
Allow me to state upfront that I absolutely believe that people are free to decide what they want to put on or in their bodies. I really do. However, decisions to use any of them have undisclosed hazards that are often understated or overlooked. Those promoting their use won’t willingly bring them up. For a quick look at what seem to be the generally accepted risks and hazards visit these.
Recreational Marijuana https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/01/12/509488977/marijuanas-health-effects-scientists-weigh-in and
We live in a county of just 115,000 people. Yet, within an easy thirty minute drive there are twelve vap shops and fifteen tattoo parlors. Recreational and medical marijuana are, for now, illegal in North Carolina but enforcement is lax and penalties light. Vigorous lobbying to legalize marijuana is likely to succeed in the next year or two.
The number of outlets for these is proof of their increasing acceptance. Before deciding to try any of these, do yourself a favor. Consider the entire picture.
I have made my choice. For me, every day brings a natural high. I don’t need any of these and have no plans to try them.